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Morocco is divided into 16 regions and subdivided in provinces and prefectures. I follow this political geography to group the pieces

Ouarzazate prov., Bou Azzer district

 

 

Cobaltoan calcite
Pink XX up to 1 cm on matrix, of this calcite variety (not an IMA valid mineral) containing cobalt. It refers to an intermediary mineral between calcite and sphaerocobaltite in a solid solution series
10x5cm
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.372

2nd photo: entire piece




Cobaltoan calcite
Pale pink XX of cobaltoan calcite with pyrite
9x6.5cm
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1500

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Cobaltoan talmessite
Small XX of talmessite, with some white globular  calcite. From the locality, NE of the more famous Aghbar mine, abandoned in 2003)
8.5x8.5cm
Aghbar open pit, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.372

2nd photo: entire piece
3rd photo: view on a detail




Dyscrasite
Arborescent growth of dyscrasite XX  perched on white calcite. When found, these pieces were analyzed: dyscrasite appears intergrown with silver and allargentum, but it is dominant
5.2x2.7cm
Bouismes mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1506

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo

 


Erythrite
Magenta XX, the biggest is 1cm and transparent, on cobalt ore matrix
5x4.cm
Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.196

2nd photo: entire piece




Quartz
Geode of quartz, pale amethist, in the basaltic rock. There are a lot of goethite XX on and in the quartz XX (see the 4th and 5th photo); a group of yellow calcite XX in posted on the bottom of the geode
22x29cm
Amerzgane, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Marocco
Specimen n.1372

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo
5th photo

 

Roselite
Small vivid red-magenta XX on matrix. Crystallized area of the photo is 4.5cm long
7.5x6cm
Aghbar, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Marocco
Specimen n.406

2nd photo: entire piece

 

Skutterudite
Group of skutterudite XX - edge up to 1,3 cm, with calcite
5.5x4.5cm
Bouismes mine, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1312

2nd photo

 

   

Ouarzazate prov., Imiter mine.




Acanthite
Octahedrons of acanthite, grouped toghether. There is an interesting parallel formation of XX, as it is possible to see in the other photos
5x5cm
Imiter Mine, Boumalne-Dadès, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1485

Other photos

 

Silver var kongsbergite
Rare mercury rich native silver, with sculptured formation, on matrix. Formation  area is 2.2cm wide and 3 cm tall. This mineral is not IMA recognized, sometimes the term amalgam is used
5.5x6cm
Imiter Mine, Boumalne-Dadès, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region. Morocco
Specimen n.351

2nd photo
3rd photo

Khénifra prov., Mibladen, Midelt

 

Baryte
Rounded aggregates of lamellar XX, with some grains and XX of cerussite that you can see in the 2nd and bigger photo

10.5x8.5cm

Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.27

2nd photo: entire piece

 

Cerussite
Multiple twinning of cerussite

4.3x3.5cm

Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1417

2nd photo

 

Cerussite
Yellowish X of cerussite, 3.2x 2 cm wide. On baryte matrix

5.3x5.4cm

Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.256

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
Octahedron, the tip seems cut but the piece it is a combination of intergrown XX, and the tip is a combination of tips. The color is very fine: pale blue the inner part, violet the external part. I have been told that it cames from the Giogon mine near Mibladen, but I do not know this place
8x5cm
Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.733

2nd photo

 

Vanadinite
Hexagonal brilliant XX up to 0.9cm wide, on baryte
6x4 cm
Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.113

2nd photo
3rd photo: entire piece




Vanadinite
Flower of vanadinite made by XX over-grown
3.7x3 cm
Mibladen, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1511

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo

Khénifra prov., Aouli, Midelt

 

Baryte
Thin lamellar XX, yellowish, with small fluorite cubes, on quartz, reddish for hematite coating

10x5.7cm
Aouli, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.757

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
Cubic yellow XX, with edges up to  1.7cm (on the back a broken X, 3cm edge)
10x7.5cm 
Aouli, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.419

2nd photo: entire piece

Azurite
Very small XX of azurite, on the matrix. Two azurite generations seem to be posted on the rock: single elongated XX (pale blue) and rosettes, dark blue
10x11cm
Aouli, Midelt, Khénifra Province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1487

other photos

Er Rachidia prov

 

Brochantite
Plate surface of rock entirely covered by small XX of brochantite with azurite
7x10cm
Goulmina, Er Rachidia, Er Rachidia province, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.450

2nd photo

Meknès prefect., El Hammam Mine

 

Calcite
Prismatic XX of calcite, up to 1.8 cm long, with flat  termination. There are brown phantoms inside the XX
7x7cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1265

 

Fluorite
Fluorite in cubic XX, green interiors with lilac exteriors (as it is possible to see clearly in the second photo). Partially covered by nice siderite rosettes
17x11.5cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.424

2nd photo: a different view

Specimen in the Fluorescent mineral section (this is the most vivid fluorescent fluorite specimen in my collection)

 

Fluorite
Phantom transparent XX (edge up to 5 cm) on greenish quartz  
12x8cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.494

2nd photo: entire piece



Fluorite
Yellow to greenish XX of fluorite, with brown phantoms. There is the tip of a quartz XX (var amethist) coming out from a fluorite face (see the 4th photo)
10x8.5cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1492

2nd photo
3rd
photo
4th photo

 

Fluorite
Yellow to brown XX, covered by micro XX of pyrite with some quartz
10x8cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.735

 

Fluorite
Greenish XX of fluorite, partially coated by red hematite. Fluorite hedge up to 4.4 cm
10x8.5cm
El Hammam Mine, Mount Hammam, Meknès, Meknès Prefecture, Meknès-Tafilalet Region. Morocco
Specimen n.1422

2nd photo
3rd photo: a cube face

Atlas Mts.

Malachite
Sprays of malachite XX, immersed in the iron rich rock

9x5.5cm
Sidi Ayed, Mid Atlas Mts, Atlas Mts. Morocco
Specimen n.1423


 

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